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Synology DS415+ NAS Review

For the past week I was given the chance to abuse use and review the Synology DS415+ NAS, a NAS which is aimed at small businesses or home users that need extra horsepower (such as a VMware home lab).

Synology DS415+ NAS

The Synology DS415+ is the replacement for the Synology DS412+, in fact by looking at the two units you really can’t tell them apart aside from the model number printed on the lower left corner of the hard drive cover plate. The real differences between the Synology DS412+ and Synology DS415+ isn’t on the outside but what’s inside.

Synology DSM 5.2-5644 fixes several vulnerabilities and improves stability

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Synology has released DSM 5.2-5644 which upgrades PHP to version 5.5.30 that patches several vulnerabilities found in the older version of PHP. In addition DSM 5.2-5644 also improves stability across many different functions such as Btrfs file system, FTP connections, NTP service. DSM 5.2-5644 also takes care of the issue where a DSM critical patch could not be manually uploaded when the system was in a Hybrid HA cluster.

Secure Public WiFi using Synology VPN Server

Public WiFi is something many of use enjoy while we’re at the coffee shop, hotels, airports, libraries and so on, but one thing everyone should or needs to know is that public WiFi is NOT secure. In fact it’s so easy for people to eavesdrop and hack a public WiFi that even a 7 year old girl can do it, in under 11 minutes!

The solution would be to use a VPN which will encrypt your traffic between you and the VPN server. So even if someone is attempting to hack the public WiFi, your traffic becomes useless to them and thus your emails, chats, web browsing and file transfers are now secure and out of other peoples sight.

There are plenty of VPN services available such as NordVPN (which I also use), but you can also setup your own VPN server on your Synology NAS.

Synology DSM 5.2 exits beta, goes Gold

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Synology has just released DSM 5.2-5565 that’s been in beta for a while now but has finally left beta and ready for prime time!

DSM 5.2-5565 is packed with a load of new features such as Single Sign-On, iSCSI LUN Snapshots along with MANY new packages and package updates. Like Cloud Station now being able to sync files larger then 10GB! DSM 5.2 also introduces support for Docker!

Synology patches OpenSSL vulnerabilities with DSM 5.1-5022 Update 4

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Synology released DSM 5.1-5022 Update 4 that upgrades OpenSSL to 1.0.1m which patches several medium OpenSSL vulnerabilities as well as one high OpenSSL vulnerability.

Fixed Issues in DSM 5.1-5022 Update 4

Synology patches GHOST vulnerability with DSM 5.1-5022 Update 2

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Synology released an important DSM update that fixes GHOST glibc vulnerability as well as several other PHP vulnerabilities, with DSM 5.1-5022 Update 2.

Fixed Issues in DSM 5.1-5022 Update 2

How to setup NFS on Synology NAS for VMware ESXi lab

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I’ve been asked several times how and why I setup my home lab to use NFS on my Synology NAS and thought a post detailing the steps would be best. First the why, when I purchased my Synology DS412+ about two years I recall seeing several people stating NFS was out performing iSCSI (like this post) on the Synology. It was strictly from reading other peoples findings that I started with NFS and have continued to use NFS without any issue. In fact I’ve been very happy with my DS412+ in a RAID 10 setup.

How I setup NFS on the Synology for my ESXi homelab is pretty simple as well.

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